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THE PARIS OPERA BALLET: Seven Ballets


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Product Details

  • Actors: Sylvia Guillem, Patrick Dupond, Isabella Cividino, Manuel Legris, Paris Ballet Opera Company
  • Directors: Norbert Schmucki, Marius Petipa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: V.I.E.W. Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00113ALPY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,711 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

Featuring the Stars of The Paris Opera Ballet Company, this exclusive DVD consists of seven works choreographed by Marius Petipa and Norbert Schmucki, set to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Camille Saint-Saens, Edvard Grieg, and Jean Sibelius, among others. Among the many fine dancers, you will discover Sylvie Guillem, acclaimed as the most exciting new talent in years; Patrick Dupond, the wonder boy of the world dance scene; and Noella Pontois, the epitome of a French ballerina.

The Paris Opera Ballet Company is stronger than at any time during the last 25 years and perhaps longer than that, said The New York Times. With strong dancers at every level… it is visibly made up of individuals who are capable of breathing life into old forms.

Housed in the largest theatre building in the world, The Paris Opera Ballet stems from a tradition of over 300 years and is known as the cradle of classical ballet. With this special film on DVD, the tradition continues.

Selections Include:
1. ESCAMILLO
Danced by Fabienne Cerutti and Theirry Mogne
Music: Spanish Folk Music

2. LE PETIT PAN
Danced by Patrick Dupond
Music by Composer Edvard Grieg

3. BAMBOU (EXTRACT)
Danced by Isabelle Cividino, Felix Vivvian, Kader Belarbi, Carole Lagache, Danielle Doussard, Lionel Delanoe, Fabienne Cerutti, and Theirry Mogne
Music: African Folk Music

4. GRANDE PAS CLASSIQUE
Danced by Sylvie Guillem and Manuel Legris
Music by Composer Daniel Auber

5. RIXE
Danced by Kader Belarbi, Lionel Delanoe, and Theirry Mogne
Music by Composer Camille Saint-Saens

6. UNE FEMME
Danced by Carole Lagache and Kader Belarbi
Music by Composer Jean Sibelius

7. THE WHITE SWAN (SWAN LAKE)
Danced by Noella Pontois and Patrick Dupond
Music by Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

DVD BONUS FEATURES:
Bonus Video Clip from the Paris Opera Ballet Company
Patrick Dupond Biography
Noella Pontois Biography
Sylvie Guillem Biography
Dolby Stereo Audio
Digitally Re-Mastered Audio and Video
Instant Access to the Dances
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Review

Patrick Dupond shows he's a bravura dancer… Dupond partners Noella Pontois in a pas de deux from Swan Lake that is worth the price of the tape. She is reminiscent of Ulanova in her prime… some really exciting dancing --Variety

Both choreography and music are spellbinding, even to those with little knowledge of or interest in dance… especially well done. For ballet students, the program is a study in excellent technique… keeps viewers on the edge on their chairs. --School Library Journal

The first is a solo by Dupond and is a funny, acrobatic, amazing piece of dancing to Schmucki's choreography as part of Grieg's Peer Gynt. Petipa's choreography is used for the White Swan duet, and in it Dupond partners Noella Pontois. It s a perfect few minutes of dance... In all, this is a nice hour of dance. --Pulse Magazine

Customer Reviews

2.2 out of 5 stars
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Marie-Thérèse Daulard on July 14, 2008
This DVD is a joke. It's so dark that most of the time you can't really see the dancers. In "Le Petit Pan", you see vague shapes moving around, nothing more, then at the end the face of a man eating. In others some people in tights are stretching and walking around. It picks up a little in the last ballet "The White Swan" of Swan Lake; unfortunately the cameraman who must be as bored as I am focuses on the gloomy and tormented faces of the dancers and stays there.
The only good part is the two minutes bonus of the Black Swan of Swan Lake.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The McMurrough on July 8, 2011
This DVD was totally unwatchable. I was excited when I saw that Escamelo was one of the ballets. But when it came on all I could see was a red cape waving around and sometimes a hint of flesh tones.

V.I.E.W. DVD's have a tendancy to be dark, but one would think that they'd try harder to clean then up better. I must admit that Paris Opera Ballet - Six Ballets is great, but it too is too dark. But you can see what's going on.
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23 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 3, 2008
The Paris Opera Ballet: Seven Ballets is a DVD presentation of seven ballet dances performed by the stars of the Paris Opera Ballet, within the largest theater building in the world. The dances are "Escamillo", "Le Petit Pan", "Bambou (extract)", "Grande Pas Classique", "Rixe", "Une Femme", and "The White Swan (Swan Lake)". A medley of classical tradition, enhanced with DVD bonus features such as performer biographies and video performance from the Paris Opera Ballet Company, The Paris Opera Ballet: Seven Ballets is a superb example of the art and a welcome addition to any ballet lover's collection. 66 minutes.
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I bought this dvd principally to watch Grand Pas Classique but was disappointed with the poor quality of the recording. The background was so dark it was hard to see. I am now in search of a better recording that shows the brilliance of Sylvie Guillem.
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